The tenth anniversary edition of the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic has shown growth in every aspect – and entry numbers in the Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity were up about ten percent from last year.
Always a highlight of the week of intense reining competition, the Futurity featured 94 horses with most of the top open riders in the industry in attendance. And when the last horse had gone, it was the draw 15 that retained the lead throughout the rest of the event. Jason Vanlandingham rode Vaughn Zimmerman’s Not Ruf At All (A Sparkling Vintage X All Ruffed Up) to a score of 222.5, then had to wait it out as 79 more horses tried to best his score.
Jason laughed, “There were so many great horses, we just left for a few hours. I didn’t want to root against my friends.”
Jason got Not Ruf At All in January. “Bobby Avila, Jr. rode him as a 2- year old, and did a great job. Then Vaughn sent him down to me.
Tulsa was the first show for the stallion but his rider had a lot of confidence in him. “I’ve never had a horse that can stop like he can. I know I can run down there and have something big happen!” He’ll show the horse at Las Vegas and possibly the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity “if everything is OK. I just want to build his confidence as we get closer to Oklahoma City.”
Jason won $14,631 for the win, along with a saddle sponsored by Kyle Ranch Tack, a Lawson Trophy, Ariat Jacket, Ariat Denim Certificate plus a Gift Certificate from Santa Cruz Animal Health.
The Reserve Championship and $8,906 went to